I DO think that brazilian legislators are as corrupt as they were 10 years ago (2003) or 15 years ago (1998).
They will sell themselves so they can have their own Apple iPhones without having to struggle into "popular prices shoppings"
And Brazil IS still a "Banana Republic". Do you really think that rich people will ever be arrested for driving drunk?
If Apple buys Grandiente it will be a win-win situation.
Gradiente was a recognizable brand in Brazil until early 2000's. It has licensed products from Sony, Pioneer, Alpine, JVC, Nokia, Atari, Nintendo in Brazil, including Nokia 7110 (The Matrix Cellphone). This caused a very good impression on the quality of their products
On middle 2000's Gradiente went into bankrupt. The brand was sold and the new owner has put it on hold until now.
IMO Grandiente don't have a bright future ahead. Their only chance is to sell the company, or only the brand iPhone, to Apple, and hope to license other brands again.
Although brazilians laws can be compared to most developed countries in world the execution is rarely satisfactory.
Suing a company such as Apple could take up to 10 years, and the value will be not much higher then the cost of the fake iPhone.
I think you should read that article closer. Revenue was up significantly. User base was up significantly. The losses were attributed to one time expenses related to their IPO.
Are we back to 1999?
Also in 2009 Zynga was sued for Copyright infringement, this time the settlement was filled by Psycho Monkey, due to the game Mafia Wars.
It seems that there is something very supicious happening with Zynga.
3000 books * 1% = 30 books
So you have read 2970 books so far... considering you sleep 8 hours/day and work, and food, and bathroom... you probably had spent 4 hours/day reading...
And then you probably...
But the most important reason: Considerable tax reduction (as translated by Google Translate)
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